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CREATE sees record $21.3 million in contributions last year

The CREATE Foundation received a record $21.3 million in contributions last year, pushing its assets from $108.8 million at the end of 2018 to $137.3 million in 2019. Bo Collins, chairman of CREATE, said the confidence and trust in CREATE from people in Northeast Mississippi has been amazing. “While the numbers are certainly impressive, the real significance is found in ...

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Mississippi Coding Academies producing graduates whose talents are in big demand

By BECKY GILLETTE Far too many Americans end up with staggering amounts of college debt for a degree that might not allow them to find a good job. One in four Americans has student loan debt owing an average of $37,172. An alternative path is the Mississippi Coding Academies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2017 that provides a free 11-month ...

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Free legal aid helps clients, employers, the community and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE The stock market has reached record highs, unemployment has remained low, and the U.S. economic outlook is considered to be very healthy. But with Mississippi having the highest percentage of people in the country living in poverty—about one in five—many people in the state still struggle to pay for basic necessities. When something unexpected comes up like ...

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NFIB introduces Dawn Starns as state director for Mississippi

NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, introduced Dawn Starns as its state director for Mississippi. She will replace Ron Aldridge, who is leaving after 25 years with the organization. “We appreciate everything that Ron has done to help create a strong environment for small businesses throughout the state, and we’re confident that Dawn will continue to promote and ...

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Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy hires Ellen Collins

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance) has hired Ellen Collins to serve as chief operating officer. The Alliance is the state’s nonprofit and philanthropic membership association that provides tools and training to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mission-based organizations. As chief operating officer, Collins will be responsible for day-to-day operations, working to ensure the organization is ...

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Jackson County Chamber name ANCHOR Awards recipients

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce presented its 11th annual ANCHOR Awards. One recipient was named from each of the four categories. This program was created to honor, reward, and celebrate the achievements of small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the community. This year’s recipients: Small Business Category 1 (50 or Less Employees) — Fletcher Construction Company, Inc. Small Business ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES: Canopy Children’s Solutions

  I talked recently with Dr. John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions, about Canopy and its mission. The organization has a long history of helping kids and familes deal with behavioral health issues, having been founded in 1912 as the Mississippi Children’s Home. John first joined Canopy as a therapist in 1993, and through the years, served as their CARES ...

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Goodwill promotes Collins to VP position

Goodwill Industries of Mississippi recently promoted Natasha Collins to vice-president of human resources. Collins received her BS in Management and her MBA from Belhaven University. She has worked with Goodwill for the last six years. Collins is a member of The Word Center Church and lives in Brandon.

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